March 25, 2014

Tesco to use recyclable plastic packaging for eggs




Tesco finds a cracking solution to leaky cardboard with more than one million eggs a year to be saved as pulp or cardboard cartons are replaced by recyclable plastic.


Egg cartons made of pulp or cardboard are to be replaced by recyclable plastic packaging to save more than a million free-range eggs from going to waste every year after a successful trial by Britain's biggest egg retailer.


Tesco's free-range eggs are currently sold in pulp cartons so if an egg breaks in transit, it can seep through the box and damage packs beneath.


But the supermarket has trialled a recyclable plastic packaging made from old drinks bottles. When an egg breaks, the seepage can be contained in one pack.


Over the past eight weeks, Tesco has trialled the new 12-egg packaging in nearly 200 stores served by depots in the Livingston area of Scotland and Belfast area of Northern Ireland.


Tesco is the UK's largest egg retailer, selling around 1.3 billion eggs every year.


Tesco spokesman Lee Gray said: "We know that plastic packs reduce food waste - now we have a pack that will reduce food waste and offer customers a more environmentally friendly packaging solution. If used across all our free-range egg range then it will save on average more than one million eggs each year. The results of the trial are very positive and we hope to be able to roll out the packaging by the end of the year."